Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead (2013)

I read this book when I was in India co-hosting a community development forum. Being lucky enough to travel with the charity work I do, I am frequently and sadly reminded of the obvious forms of gender inequality around the world. But I’ve been reflecting too on more subtle and pervasive forms of female discrimination. The status quo in so many areas (women being paid less, not taking top jobs, feeling guilty for being a working mother, being reticent about going for promotions, etc) mean that women don’t sit at the table, and don’t take part in important conversations. And right now in our world, we really need thoughtful, real, strong women leading these conversations.

“Sheryl Sandberg – Facebook COO and one of Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Business – draws on her own experience of working in some of the world’s most successful businesses and looks at what women can do to help themselves, and make the small changes in their life that can effect change on a more universal scale.”

The book is an empowering and practical guide to sitting at the table (both dining room table and board room table) and being heard. Recommended!

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